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Is the Mainstream Media Jumping to Conclusions in the Trayvon Martin Case?

Has the media rushed to judgment in the Trayvon Martin case? And, will they be responsible if violence breaks out? Bernie Goldberg reacts tonight at 8/11p ET on The O'Reilly Factor.

O'Reilly himself blasted the media during Thursday's Talking Points Memo, saying that they've tried the case on television. He said, “That’s what is wrong with the media in this country: no longer do facts matter, accusations are enough to condemn folks. The press wants the story and doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process. Allegations become front-page news no matter how flimsy they are.”

He continued, “No media observer knows what actually happened the night Trayvon Martin was killed. Yet there they are bloviating all over the place, exploiting the death of a young man, inciting violence against the system – awful.”

Goldberg has also weighed in, speculating about why the case is getting so much attention last week on America Live. He said, “While no decent person is happy about what happened, no matter what your politics, there are some people whose purposes are served by what happened.” He then went on to say that one of those entities is the national media. He asserted that they don’t cover stories about black-on-black crime and “they don’t do stories about black-on-white crime which happen in far, far greater numbers than white on black crimes.”

He went on to cite that the New York Times refers to George Zimmerman as a white Hispanic. “I guarantee you that if George Zimmerman did something good, if he finished first in his high school graduating class when he was younger, they wouldn’t refer to him as a white Hispanic. He’d just be a Hispanic. If he invented something that made all our lives better, they wouldn’t describe him as a white Hispanic. He’s only a white Hispanic because they need the word “white” to further the storyline which is ‘White, Probably Racist, Vigilante Shoots Unarmed Black Kid.’”

Watch the Talking Points Memo and Goldberg's interview on America Live and let us know what role you think the mainstream media has played in this case.

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